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Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction

Third Edition

Charles Townshend

May 2018

ISBN: 9780198809098

184 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Is terrorism crime or war? Can there be a 'war against terrorism'? In this fully updated edition, Charles Townshend unravels the questions at the heart of the problem of terrorism - its causes, methods, effects, and limitations - suggesting that it must be understood as a political strategy whose threat can be rationally grasped and answered.

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Is terrorism crime or war? Can there be a 'war against terrorism'? In this fully updated edition, Charles Townshend unravels the questions at the heart of the problem of terrorism - its causes, methods, effects, and limitations - suggesting that it must be understood as a political strategy whose threat can be rationally grasped and answered.

  • Discusses recent changes in terrorism, such as the emergence of ISIS and the upsurge in individual suicide action
  • Looks at the impact and consequences of several recentterrorist attacks, including those in Brussels, Paris, Nice, and Rouen
  • Answers the pertinent questions - What is terrorism? Is it war? Is democracy especially vulnerable to terrorist attacks? What can we do to stop it?
  • Explores the impact of increased terrorism on society, including debates surrounding the erosion of civil liberties
  • Discusses the issue of 'cyberterror'
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over nine million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Charles Townshend, Professor of International History Emeritus, Keele University

Charles Townshend is Emeritus Professor of International History at Keele University. He has held fellowships at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina and the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, DC. His most recent books are Easter 1916: the Irish rebellion (2005), When God Made Hell: the British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921 (2010), Desert hell: the British invasion of Mesopotamia (2011), and The Republic: the fight for Irish independence, 1918-1923 (2013).

Table of Contents

    1:The trouble with terrorism
    2:Crusaders and conspirators
    3:The reign of terror
    4:Revolutionary terrorism
    5:Nationalism and terror
    6:Religious terror
    7:Countering terrorism
    References
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"A brilliant and incisive analysis of a major subject." - Richard English, Author of Does Terrorism Work? A History

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